Reed Swier is a senior equity associate at The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, an NYU Steinhardt department, focused on promoting equity and opportunity in education. Currently, his work with NYU Metro’s Innovations in Equity and Systemic Change (IESC) focuses on building capacity for educational institutions in understanding systems of inequality that disproportionately impact students.
Reed has taught for over a decade in elementary schools in Oakland, California and New York City. As a school administrator, Reed supported staff, students and families by promoting culturally responsive teaching and developing a school culture philosophy and practice embedded in restorative approaches. In 2018, Reed lived in Scotland as a Fulbright Scholar, participating in the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching program where he worked with local educators and University of Edinburgh students and faculty around issues of racial identity, whiteness and restorative practices. Reed partnered with the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES) where he continues to be an associate.
Reed holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in Teaching grades 1-6 from Pace University and an M.Ed in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a co-author of the forthcoming book: When the Rubber Meets the Road: Training and Technical Assistance to Address Disproportionality Head On, under contract with Teachers College Press.
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